Sustainable Communities Research (SCR) has recently been working on aspects of the growth centre of Warnervale / Wadalba as well as greenfield and renewal growth areas in Wyong Shire and Gosford City. The paper addresses key issues and major questions of strategic planning and infrastructure financing of these areas. Of priority importance for the Central Coast are water planning, population management and infrastructure provisions.
From this work SCR makes three recommendations for consideration, including: extending the area of responsibility of the CCRDC to the Warnervale / Wadalba growth centre; designating Wyong Shire as a Local Government Growth Area; and, designating the whole of the Central Coast as a Regional Growth Area. The report also suggests five Central Coast plans need to complement the Central Coast Regional Strategy (CCRS) (2008). These plans as noted below are: infrastructure; sustainable transport; conservation; water management; and affordable housing.
A. Growth Areas
We recommend that the State government designate the whole of the Central Coast (Gosford / Wyong) as a Regional Growth Area.
We make three suggestions (containing options) about growth areas for the State government to consider:
1. State government extending the area of responsibility of the CC Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) to the Warnervale / Wadalba growth centre;
2. State government designating Wyong Shire as a ‘Local Government Growth Area’;
3. State government designating the whole of the Central Coast (Gosford / Wyong) as a Regional Growth Area (preferred option).
We recommend that five plans complement the Central Coast Regional Strategy:
1. CC Infrastructure Plan – with commitments to delivering needed infrastructure to meet population growth.
2. CC Sustainable Transport Plan – follow-up actions under the CC Regional Transport Plan (2010) linking the existing major population centres and integrating public transport (rail/buses), roads, cycleways and walkways.
3. CC Conservation Plan – the yet to be completed plan to conserve the local environment and address degradation from past development (especially the lakes and valleys)
4. CC Water Management Plan – linking the three above to this plan under the newly formed CC Water Corporation.
5. CC Affordable Housing Plan – to ensure many local people on lower incomes can afford to live on the Central Coast.
A report presented to:
Hon Bernie O’Farrell, Premiere of NSW, Australia on Wed 21st Sept 2011
by: Sustainable Communities Research
Compiled: Wed 24th August 2011
In association with
Habitat Association for Arts and Environment
Authors – Kevin Armstrong and Dr. Ray Rauscher
To read the full report: <click here>